I have been remodeling most of my house, and whenever I am rolling on
interior paint I always get bits of roller in the paint. It is
rididulously frustrating to see a dry wall with little fibers sticking
out of it. I have switched to a nicer roller since, but it leaves a
different texture (if you look at it closely). Any suggestions for the
best roller out there to use??? And is the more efficient way to
cleaning it other than hot water and 15 minutes??
Buy the best roller covers, the ones with the cores that look like
phenolic (plastic). You want to treat a good roller cover like a good
brush. Store the wet roller in a large zip lock freezer bag between
coats, clean it meticulously after each use, spin the roller clean and
let it dry. When you think it's clean, clean it again. A five-in-one
painter's tool makes cleaning a roller cover go much faster. The
pump-action spinner (don't get excited Don - it's not a shotgun) is
also a must.
http://acmehardware.com/Paint-and-Paint-Sundries/Purdy-755100/ I spin
the cover once during cleaning and once at the end to get it almost
Unlike a brush, a roller cover must be cleaned before use. Wash it
well and scrape off any loose fibers - they're what make the first
couple of coats look like hell. No one likes furry walls. I trim the
ends cover and cut off the fibers at a 45 degree angle with a scissors
to take off the excess fiber - that's what causes most of the "rope"
(paint buildup along the outer edges of the roller's path).
Tried out Floetrol additive on a recent large paint project, and the
improvement in finish on the (ahem) low cost latex was very surprising.
Most paint departments will have quarts or gallons of it in stock. With
a good roller with the proper nap and Floetrol you ought to get a nice
smooth result. Sometimes going to a lower gloss, like eggshell intead
of semi-gloss will be more pleasing. HTH
I picked up a gadget a couple of years ago that works really good. Its
shaped like a large donut and screws on a garden hose. The roller cover
tightly passes through the center hole while center pin holes force
water deep into the knap of the roller. A couple of passes and the
roller is very clean. One of those "now why didn't I think of that"
Use a woven roller, not a knit one. Also make sure it has beveled edges.
Purdy White Dove is a good quality roller.
Do not clean rollers. Simply roll them up in plastic wrap and throw them
away. If you intend to use it over a period of a few days, then roll it up
well in plastic wrap and leave it in the refrigerator over night. Some
people skimp on rollers, and then to add to that go to the trouble of
cleaning them. If you think about this in the grand scheme of things, this
is a waste of time. 15 minutes of your time is ridiculous for a $3 roller
(Purdy), let alone the cheap one you're using now. It's better for the
environment to throw them away without cleaning too.
That's not better for the environment. You're disposing of something
that doesn't need to be disposed of after only a couple or three coats,
and tossing the cover into an incinerator or landfill isn't exactly
green. Since everyone agrees to wrap the roller and brushes between
coats, and to stick them in the refrigerator for longer periods of
time, cleaning a roller cover isn't necessarily an everyday chore. If
I'm using three different paints, I have three roller covers that are
kept wet, wrapped and ready to go. I use a brush to cut in (of
course). When I'm cleaning the brush, I clean the roller cover. It
doesn't take 15 minutes, it takes maybe three or four minutes to clean
a cover. When I'm done I have a roller cover that is in better shape
than when it was new - it's broken in. I'll try the Purdy White Dove
cover you recommend _ it sounds like a good product. Don't get mad at
me if I re-use it repeatedly. ;)
The Purdy White Doves are the ones we use for "good work'
about the whole green thing.........
IMO the optimum is avoid cleaning day to day by wraping & frig'ing (or
storing in the can, yuk!) ollers between coats
clean roller covers when "finished" painting
AND when the roller is "used up" let it dry out first before
trashing.....wet paint in the trash stream can contaminate the ground
the green way to claen up water base paints is right down the drain w/
soap & water....goes to the treeament plant, the practice of dumping
wash water or sovlent into the soil is a No-No.
Solvent based paints.......minimize solvent use.....SAVE used solvent
in a covered container, after a few weeks the solids will settle out &
you can use it for first & second rinse
Recycling solvent this way saves a LOT of solvent
& at $14 a gallon it makes $ & sense.
Topic for another thread....solvent free oil base paint
On Fri, 13 Oct 2006 17:17:32 GMT, email@example.com (Doug Miller)
And what do you think the toxic stuff in the landfill does?
Just sit there? Or leach into ground water? Those plastic
liners are good for exactly zilch in the long haul.
Furthermore, in most cases, landfills either devour areas
near to municipalities, which is not exactly the "highest and best
use". (Beautiful canyons near my city filled up with trash!)
Or they have to be trucked far away, at great cost, not
to mention the fuel consumed in those long trips.
Better to do as some have suggested -- and which happens to be
my own practice -- wrap them tightly in plastic so they can be used
again on the same job.
When it comes time to dispose of rollers,take them to a toxic
substances disposal site, which many municipalities now maintain. If
yours doesn't have one,take charge and see that they start one.
In a properly built landfill, yes, it does just sit there, and does not leach
into groundwater -- and if you think municipal landfills have only a plastic
liner to protect the groundwater, you maybe ought to learn a bit more.
That's what I do, too -- but once the job is done, I get as much paint as I
can out of the roller cover and back into the paint can, and then the roller
cover goes straight into the trash.
For latex paint???? ROTFLMAO!!
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I've always understood that it's best to let anything contaminated
with water or oil best paint dry for a few days before throwing it
away. Whether it's a roller cover, pan, disposable brush, rag, or
can, it can't leech into ground water if it's a solid when you
throw it away.
If you have a large quantity of paint to dispose of, you can pour it
over news papers or kitty litter. It dries much faster that way.
We're nowhere near being buried under our own garbage, and
never will be. According to Penn and Teller's Bullshit, the entire
trash disposal needs of the United States could be handled by a
single landfill measuring 35 x 35 miles x 2 miles high.
It's latex rubber. It's not a toxic substance requiring gloves
and hazmat suits.
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